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clanged; clanging; clangs

intransitive verb

: to make a loud metallic ringing sound
anvils clanged
: to go with a clang
: to utter the characteristic harsh cry of a bird

transitive verb

: to cause to clang
clang a bell


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: a loud ringing metallic sound
the clang of a fire alarm
: a harsh cry of a bird (such as a crane or goose)

Examples of clang in a Sentence

Verb His fork clanged against the plate. The prison door clanged shut. The guard clanged the door shut. Noun the horseshoe hit the stake with a satisfying clang
Recent Examples on the Web
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In typical Neubauten mode, the music shudders, wobbles, and turns in on itself as the pioneering industrial group clangs rhythms and manipulates the tapes. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 22 Mar. 2024 The metallic door clangs open and the bull charges. Toby Muse, Rolling Stone, 3 Mar. 2024 Looking for a muse, the 26-year-old found one in the clangs, hisses and whistles of a train trip to Boston. Gustavo Arellano, Los Angeles Times, 14 Feb. 2024 As a bonus, the boots help prevent spills, tip-overs, and loud clangs that teachers know all too well. Chaunie Brusie, Rn, Bsn, Parents, 10 Jan. 2024 Visitors can explore ancient streets that still echo to the clang of blacksmith hammers in Safranbolu, soak up beach life in Amasra and climb to where one of the world’s oldest monasteries clings to a cliff at Sumela. Wire Service, The Mercury News, 2 Jan. 2024 Video From The New Yorker Your Body vs. Extreme Heat To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video JUST LISTEN Alarm: This alarm clangs when your partner is rattling on about the day’s annoyances and frustrations. Bob Odenkirk, The New Yorker, 2 Oct. 2023 Inside, the racers took in the two-story course, amid the flashing lights and clangs of a jumbo arcade. Vera Carothers, The New Yorker, 30 Oct. 2023 The song itself is booming, comparable to the clang of a chorus of pile drivers, according to the researchers who recorded it. Sam Walters, Discover Magazine, 17 Oct. 2023

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Word History



Latin clangere; akin to Greek klazein to scream, bark, Old English hliehhan to laugh

First Known Use


1576, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1557, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clang was in 1557

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Cite this Entry

“Clang.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 verb
: to make or cause to make a loud ringing sound


2 of 2 noun
: a loud ringing sound like that made by pieces of metal striking together

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